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Anyway, onto the blog.
A few weeks ago, I was having lunch with Mom when she asked me, "What do you want to do for your birthday?"
I shrugged. I've come early to the realization that the best things in life aren't things, so as long as I have fruit snacks and a laptop, I'm happy. "I'll be eighteen," I said. "I should have a grown-up party. Go out to dinner, maybe invite all three of my friends to my house afterwards for cake and presents. That sort of thing."
"Live a little," Mom said as she took a container of Medjool dates out of the fridge. "You're only eighteen once."
Mom leaned against our counter and looked at me, date in hand. "What about going to the Medieval Times in Dallas?"
Apparently, my eyes lit up before the logical part of my brain did. Mom smiled again. "You get free tickles during your birth month," she said.
"But it's too expensive for the rest of y'all," I objected. "Isn't it forty-some dollars a ticket? For three people?"
"Four people. We're bringing a friend."
"I'll go book tickets! You go sign up for the email thing."
So we're going to Medieval Times. One of my three friends is coming, along with her sister and mom. When we found out that my aunt and uncle will be visiting from Chicago that day, we invited them to come with, too. So we might end up having to take two cars.
I don't know what I'm getting into. But I know I'm dressing up.
When I am exceptionally bored, I will make costumes. They're not for parties or plays or any special occasion. I just enjoy playing dress-up. My most recent foray into sewing was, unsurprisingly, a Norse ensemble. It looks halfway like a historical reenactment and halfway like a child's Halloween costume. I hope no one notices I used the ends of a can of cinnamon rolls for brooches, but the tablet-woven belt and nalbound pouch should make up for it.
Today was my first day off school for Christmas. So, in a spirit of freedom, I went to Hobby Lobby (and got there seven minutes before it opened) for a fabric remnant that cost $2.13 with tax. With the help of an online pattern and a YouTube tutorial, I made a hood to finish off the outfit. I haven't sewed it yet, but it'll look something like this:
Is that real wool? You can't find wool fabric just anywhere. I used calico. I'm cheap. I'm pretty sure that my cloak is made out of curtain fabric.
I'll post a picture of myself wearing the full ensemble as soon as I finish the hood. As for now, I need to fix my hair and head off to work. I get a new assistant teacher today, and I'd like to get all my prep done early so that we can socialize for a bit.
Which one of your birthdays was your favorite, Dear Reader? What made it so special? Let me know in the comments below! God bless, and don't forget to watch our Live Stream on Sunday!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.